Big Rumor: Danny Boyle May Return to Direct 28 Months Later
Whoa wait, what the heck? Dread Central is reporting a big scoop from an apparently reliable source saying that Danny Boyle will be returning to direct the still forthcoming 28 Weeks Later sequel. We're calling it 28 Months Later because that's the logical next step in the 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later franchise, so I don't know what else they would call it anyway, but Dread says it's "as of yet untitled." They don't offer any details, but do say Boyle is "planning to return to direct." Really? I don't know, I just don't believe this. And we found a separate update that also seems to indicate that the project is still pretty much dead in the water.
The last we wrote about the 28 Months Later sequel was last year in regards to Fox Atomic shutting down, without much info. Our last update before that, sometime in late '08, involved an unknown director named Paul Andrew Williams being hired for the gig. But we obviously haven't heard a single word about it since. And apparently there's a big reason why. WorstPreviews spoke with screenwriter Alex Garland recently and asked him about 28 Months Later: "I'll answer that completely honestly. When we made 28 Days Later, the rights were frozen between a group of people who are no longer talking to each other. And so, the film is never going to happen unless those people start talking to each other again. There is no script as far as I'm aware." That was from last week, so how is it that Boyle worked everything out in only a few weeks time?
Based on the information we have, I'm going to say that I don't believe this at all. And speaking with Boyle (watch our interview) a month or so ago, it definitely sounds like he's looking at moving on to bigger, better things following Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, rather than returning to an older franchise that really doesn't have any fire behind it anyway. There's a chance this could be true, which is why we're reporting it as a rumor, but for now take this with a giant grain of salt. I'm a fan of this "zombie" franchise, I enjoyed both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, but I don't really need to see another sequel. What about you guys?
Reader Feedback - 26 Comments
finished what you started, Boyle! I hope he returns, 28 Days was awesome, and 28 Weeks was a good sequel. "What's next? 28 Years Later? 28 Centuries Later?" God I hate when people say that.
Xerxex on Oct 11, 2010
i liked 28 weeks later more than 28days. that being said, i'd love to see another installment.
beavis on Oct 11, 2010
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beavis on Oct 11, 2010
28 Weeks Later is easily my favorite zombie movie, I think the series has one installment left before it gets old.
Nicknackems on Oct 11, 2010
Ive been expecting this sequel since the end of 28 Weeks Later... This zombie movies era aint over until this movie is released... at least for me...
dreckent on Oct 11, 2010
Honestly, next to the video game Left for Dead 28 days later and 28 weeks later are the only other forms of visual entertainment that have greatly presented what a zombie-ridden dystopia might be like; that is, how would we as a human race respond to uncontrolled infection. TL:DR I cant wait for the 3rd part!
Wokkiee on Oct 11, 2010
I'm with you guys, 28 weeks later IS the best zombie movie! That being said, 28 days later set the tone and the franchise, and Boyle is one hell of a director, if this turns out to be true colour me very interested! And Alex, you wouldnt like to see a new one? This is one amazing series! And it being a "bigger thing" would be up to Boyle.
Ricardo on Oct 11, 2010
LOVE both films so I can't wait for the third.
Film Fan on Oct 11, 2010
It doesn't matter if his next project is a 28 film or not, as long as Boyle works with John Murphy again I'll be very happy.
Al on Oct 11, 2010
Hey where's the love for 28 Day's Later people!?
Xerxex on Oct 11, 2010
both great movies, would love to see a 3rd then put it to rest
harrison on Oct 11, 2010
I'm stoked! Love this series!
tra la la la la di da on Oct 11, 2010
28 days later was awesome, 28 weeks later left it open with the last scene of the zombies heading into Paris so a final installment to wrap it up is great news! Hope it comes to fruition!
ranz on Oct 11, 2010
28 days later is the best in the series. Come'on people cant compete with the original. Started a little slow but had an intense ending that ended perfectly especially with that hypnotizing score. 28 weeks later was a great movie but you cant compare the two. Anyways i wouldnt mind another project added to the franchise even more so if Boyle is behind it. Oh number 9 its Cillian Murphey not John Murphey dont know where you got John from
Shelby on Oct 11, 2010
@11 Wow, such ignorance... Cillian Murphy is the actor, John Murphy is the musical composer of many of Boyle's films. @topic: I really hope they will make this. They could bring back Cillian.
reeft on Oct 12, 2010
28 Days Later is NOT a zombie movie. There are no zombies in it, and the fact that the infected can run changes the tone entirely from that of a zombie movie.
Dom on Oct 12, 2010
28 days and later films the humans are not zombies, speed kills.
ste on Oct 12, 2010
^yeah what this kid says. They aren't zombies just "infected".
Alex T. on Oct 12, 2010
For anyone who is still confused, I was talking about John Murphy the films composer, not Cillian, the star. The reason I'd love to see that collaboration again is because the scores Murphy have done on 28 DL and Sunshine (another film staring Cillian, to further complicate matters) were epic.
Al on Oct 12, 2010
Hyper Dweeb III on Oct 16, 2010
The thing is though...zombies actually run in The Dawn Of The Dead (remake) and also Resident Evil...there isn't much difference between zombies and the infected and The Crazies, they are basically the same thing. They still kill people and still moan and make f***ed up noises when they see someone they want to kill.
DAVIE on Dec 16, 2010
I would love to have a third part of the "28 later" series. And Boyle as director would be magnificient:)
Bail on Mar 7, 2011
I wanna see 28 months later
Carlosperez2848 on Mar 18, 2011
Ive been waiting for 28 months later for years, cant just leave it in paris, needs a third installment to finish it off, dnt care how it ends, just as long as america don't come in and save the day, too corny
buzzhed on May 17, 2011
Loved both but 28 days def takes the cake. That said, a third movie needs to happen, especially after the cliffhanger 28 weeks leaves you with. We have been waiting too long where is it. The 28 series is the best zombie infected crazies, or any other name you have for the undead, film out there.
ErwinRommel88 on Jul 19, 2011
What would a sequel say that wasn't said in the first two movies? But then I'm not the creative screenwriter, so who knows indeed. My worst thought is that it would again show a world either getting back to normal or having gotten back to normal, then falling apart once more. Whatever the story, I think it has to have an ethical edge to it. Not just fighting, survival, escape.... there must be more. I'd be interested to see if a cure was found...how would people on the mended side of RAGE react?
Kettlew on Nov 17, 2011
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